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Fresh, original and entertaining

Love, Sex Aur Dhoka (English)

Cast: Anshuman Jha, Raj Kumar Yadav, Neha Chauhan, Amit Sial, Arya Devdutta, Herry Tangri

Director: Dibakar Banerjee

Dibakar Banerjee is on a hat trick. The Delhi boy has never been this raw, this real and still so much fun. He does it again as he transcends celluloid barriers to prick your conscience. You haven't heard of his actors but you find the characters are picked from your colony, your college. They talk in a language that you hear at every street corner in a north Indian city but always pretend that it doesn't exist. His treatment is pulpy, at times kitschy, but never off the milieu he is talking about.

Of late Hollywood has been using the “found footage” format to terrify you, but Dibakar busts the aspirations of the middle-class youth, which has yet to come to terms with the media boom, in an engaging and entertaining way through three crisply written and executed tales. Shot through different sizes and formats of cameras, they veer in different directions only to meet unexpectedly.

We might keep lauding Indian morality and tolerance but even a cursory look at the newspaper headlines tell a different story.

Happily-ever-after takes on a different meaning when couples are brutally killed by their fathers and brothers because the boy and girl don't belong to the same caste or status. When youngsters use hidden cameras to make dirty clips to make a quick buck and sting operations are used for cheap entertainment you have to say all is not well!

You might find him cynical but Dibakar exposes the purity of love and ambition as he turns his ever-shifting lens — which in a way represents the ever-falling attention span — on a generation which wants to be in focus, whatever it takes.

What makes Dibakar's work a milestone is that it never drops in the territory of derivative, affected and contrived. It is fresh, original and does the primary task expected of a film — entertain.

ANUJ KUMAR

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